Our coaches.



JOHN GABRIEL | Club President, Boys & Girls Director, Coach
John was born in Long Beach, CA but raised in Nyack, NY where he started playing lacrosse and soccer at an early age. John was a four year letterman in both sports, attending Clarkstown South High School. From there, John attended Onondaga CC, to sharpen his lacrosse skills and academics. He transferred to New England College where he was named the school's first ever NCAA All-American in Lacrosse (2011) as well as the Commonwealth Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. John was also named team defensive player of the year for the NEC Men's Soccer team in 2011. John moved west to pursue a Master's Degree in Education and focus on his coaching skills as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III powerhouse, Whittier College. John is currently a full time Physical Education teacher in Los Angeles and resides in Belmont Shore with fiance Isabella.
Contact Coach John at: johngabrielcoaching@gmail.com

MATT CUNNIFFE |  Boys Coordinator, Boys Coach
Matt is from Boston, Massachusetts where he started playing lacrosse at the age of 13 in the Needham Youth Lacrosse system. He went on to play at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, MA. He was a four year starter and two year captain where he led the team to their first playoff berth in the program’s history. He was awarded the Coaches’ Award in 2003, and he is the first Division 1 lacrosse player to come out of the high school. He participated in the famous Bay State Summer Games in Boston on Team Metro. Matt went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He lettered all four years while at Holy Cross and was awarded the Martha S. Lemley Unsung Hero Award by the team while completing his degree in Sociology. After college, Matt continued to play lacrosse for several competitive post collegiate club teams in both field and box lacrosse, and he continues to play. He has coached the JV team and helped in all aspects of the lacrosse program at his alma mater Catholic Memorial, an annually top 20 ranked team in the state. He has coached in the Medfield Youth Lacrosse Program in Medfield, MA which is the feeder program to the multiple state title winner, Medfield High School. He specializes in all aspects lacrosse from offensive concepts to defense tactics, face-off fundamentals, goalie development, and conditioning and weight training. He is currently Head Varsity Coach at Los Alamitos High School. Matt lives in Signal Hill with his wife who is a Long Beach native.
Contact Coach Matt at: matt.cunniffe@gmail.com or 617-784-2129

SAL MELGOZA | Boys Coach
Sal started playing lacrosse when he was 14 as a freshman at Jordan High School in Los Angeles. He played with many teams throughout his high school career: Dinolax Inner City Team, Los Angeles All City Team, El Segundo High School and various clubs. In college, he played as a midfielder at UC Irvine, a Division 2 MCLA school. He's currently studying Criminology. Sal is also Head JV Coach for Redondo Union High School and coaches various ages for BCYL. He's the stick doctor for BCYL and always does a great job!
Contact Coach Sal at: smelgoza94@gmail.com or 323-804-8071

Rose Garcia | Girls Coach





WILL PRYOR | Boys Coach
Will has been coaching with BCYL for 12 years and served as BCYL President from 2016-2020. He is a US Lacrosse Certified Level 1 and Level 2 Coach. Will played high school lacrosse in Watertown, CT as goalie and defenseman at Taft School in the competitive Western New England Prep League. He also has a long history of playing and coaching ice hockey. Professionally, this is Will's 34th year with the LA County Fire Department, currently serving as Battalion Chief. His two sons have played lacrosse for many years; first with BCYL and then LB Poly High School.
Contact Coach Will at: willpryormail@gmail.com or 310-925-2590